A researcher from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has developed a new artificial intelligent user interface designed to simplify the detection and analysis of images. While computer vision technology for images has been popping up more recently, this new UI allows users to visualize, navigate and manipulate visual media.The system was created by Jeff Hansberger, a researcher at DARPA’s U.S. Army Research Lab, as part of DARPA’s Visual Media Reasoning (VMR) program to extract mission-relevant information from visual media. “Our adversaries frequently use video, still and cellphone cameras to document their training and operations and occasionally post this content to widely available websites,” said Hansberger, according to the U.S. Army. “The volume of this visual media is growing rapidly and is quickly outpacing our ability to review, let alone analyze, the contents of every image.”After observing how analysts interact with images, and identifying the biggest challenges, Hansberger decided to create a touchscreen user interface for the VMR system.“People looking within and for visual information prefer to have 1) an overview first, then 2) zoom and filter through the information and retrieve 3) details on demand,” he said. “Touchscreen technology and the use of zooming, similar to how Google Maps utilizes zooming across physical spaces was therefore selected as a primary design element of the user interface.” In addition to creating a touchscreen interface, Hansberger also created a traditional keyboard and mouse interface for organizations that want to use the system, but avoid buying new hardware.According to Hansberger, the UI is designed to reduce the time it takes to analyze images, and support pattern detection. For pattern detection, the interface features visual diagrams and highlights patterns and relationships across images.“The more care and effort we spend in understanding the questions users will be asking and how we can craft the information in the interface to answer those questions, the easier their job will be,” he said.More information is available here.
Samsung has announced the first preview of Visual Studio Tools for Tizen. The new release will enable .NET developers to build Tizen apps for smart TVs, wearables and IoT devices. The official release is expected sometime next year, and will ship on Samsung devices.In addition, Samsung is collaborating with Microsoft on .NET Core, Xamarin.Forms, and .NET support for Tizen.“Samsung is excited to be a part of the .NET community,” said Seung-hwan Cho, Samsung executive vice president and deputy head of the company’s Software R&D Center. “.NET has an extensive developer base and great potential. Through thoughtful and progressive collaboration with Microsoft, Samsung is expecting to create unique development experiences for both Tizen and C# developers, enriching the Tizen ecosystem.”Tor Project refreshes its Tor-enabled Android phone prototypeThe Tor Project announced a refresh of its Tor-enabled Android phone prototype. The prototype is meant to show that it’s possible to modify the mobile phone’s operating system while retaining verified boot security.The Android phone prototype was created to show the community that it’s possible to build a phone that reduces its vulnerability surface and meets the needs of users. The hardware for the prototype is the Google Nexus 6P. The Nexus and Pixel lines support verified boot with user-controlled keys, according to a Tor Project update.It’s recommended that users be familiar with Linux before they install the prototype, and with the proper prerequisites, they can install it using software from the Mission Improbable Git repository and downloading a Copperhead factory image for the device.Progress adds support for Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 RCProgress is enabling developers to build and deploy .NET apps with its Telerik DevCraft solution. DevCraft is a suite of tools for building web, mobile and desktop apps for Microsoft platforms and devices. The solution now adds support for Visual Studio 2017, enabling developers to reap the benefits of Visual Studio. “The Telerik DevCraft suite has long been a strong toolset for enhancing advancements within the Microsoft technology stack,” said Shawn Nandi, senior director of cloud application development and data marketing for Microsoft. “With the upcoming release of Visual Studio 2017 RC, Progress continues this tradition by helping development teams release applications in concert with Microsoft’s latest and greatest advancements.”Weaveworks announces new SaaS called Weave CloudWeaveworks has announced the general availability of Weave Cloud, a SaaS that allows DevOps teams to accelerate development and replace manual configuration and scripting with automation.Weave Cloud builds on Weaveworks’ open-source projects like Net, Flux and Cortex. Features include the ability to monitor containers, orchestrators and applications. Weave Cloud includes a real-time map of an application so teams can immediately figure out issues and troubleshoot problems in containers.Also, Weave Cloud connects and secures container clusters and applications, provides visualization, monitoring and management of containers, and uses firewall traffic to shrink the attack surface.More information and features can be found here.Checkmarx releases new security plug-inCheckmarx has released a new Checkmarx plug-in for the Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services platform, which allows agile organizations to embed security into their software development life cycle.The plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services integrates seamlessly and allows teams to fix flaws as part of the Continuous Integration tool chain. Other features include a fast feedback loop, and the ability for users to decide if they want to break builds based on whether or not their scans meet their thresholds. The plug-in also provides seamless integration for the platform, and users can install it from the CxSAST from the Visual Studio marketplace.The plug-in has been launched in beta and is available here.